A house fire Saturday in Griffin destroyed the home of a family of nine, three of whom are newborn babies.
Trevor and Danielle Johnston and their seven children are safe, however, since just last month their triplets made an early entry into the world, the family has been staying in Regina while they await the babies’ release from the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Everyone was set to return home as a family next week, but now, everything is gone.
“Thankfully, everyone was up in Regina,” said Griffin resident Tressa Mitchell. “But you know, you have three brand new babies that are just being released from neo-natal, and they were staying up in Regina in a camper in a campground.”
She noted they had been staying in Regina to be close to the boys, Liam and Jack, as they had not been released from the NICU. Their one-day-older sister Karlee has already been released.
Mitchell said she is devastated realizing that the things the family had accumulated for three babies have all been lost.
“The stuff that you provide for one, I can’t imagine what all she had for three, and then to find out yesterday that it’s all in ash,” said Mitchell.
“I’m heartbroken for her, and we’re just trying to rally in any way possible and help out because all those purchases that she made are now gone,” she added.
“They’ve had to upgrade so much stuff, all the gear that would accommodate all three of them at once, high chairs times three, swings, cribs,” Mitchell listed.
She added that the Johnston family’s cats were home and are unaccounted for.
“At least all the kids were with them, and her husband was, thankfully, up there with them,” she said.
At Mitchell’s urging, family friend Brianna Ereth created a GoFundMe page, seeking donations to help the family rebuild their nest, including clothing, household items, books, and toys. More information can be found HERE.
Weyburn resident and previous NICU-mom Maegan Samenook has offered her three-car garage for drop-offs within Weyburn. Anyone wishing to make arrangements can text her at 306-861-0197.
Mitchell said the drop-off locations in Griffin are the town’s Recreation Centre and the Mitchell’s Munchies store.